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In a claustrophobic future world Ura reconstructs old images and archives from the past. His latest project turns out to be a music video, whose singer offers up a message from the Moon, where she has just arrived, to dwellers on "the rust-covered Earth." Realizing that the location of the recording seems familiar, the archivist resolves to climb through the abandoned upper levels of his underground home to see for himself, in an interesting, albeit derivative, sci-fi short. Made over a two-year period, and largely the work of a single creator, Pale Cocoon's clearest debt is to Voices from a Distant Star, whose attitude, length, and tone it often mirrors. As with so many modern "home brew" anime, it lifts plot elements from earlier fan favorites-in this case the Cowboy Bebop episode "Speak Like a Child" and the underlying conceit of Megazone 23. A singer's trip to the Moon is also the starting point of A.Li.Ce, although this is probably a coincidence. The final moment refers, perhaps inadvertently, to the closing shot of the first-ever straight-to-video anime, Mamoru Oshii's Dallos. Pale Cocoon is also a creation of its time-its action reflects the sedentary computer-bound life of modern teenagers (and of modern animators!), its setting a world in environmental crisis, and its ending, a note of mournful hope, with a noninterventionist tone familiar from many other ecological anime. The creator's website gives a 2005 copyright date, although the DVD only appeared in Japanese stores in the early weeks of 2006. LNV

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Yasuhiro Yoshiura Director
Toru Okada Music

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Name: Pale Cocoon
Release Date: Jan. 18, 2006
Name: ペイル・コクーン
Romaji: Peiru Kokūn
Release Date: Jan. 18, 2006
Rating: None
Runtime: 23 (mins)
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